Friday Favorites # 9 (Italian Food edition)

Hi everyone, I am back again with my new series I share every week with all of you. We are on episode #9 and these are my top picks of the week in the F category … F like … Friday. Food, Foto, Fun, Fashion, Ferry, Find.

FOOD– The best midday snack after a motorcycle ride around Lake Como & Lecco at Piadineria Biribrò.  Go see Ambra (pictures below right) and the other ladies for the tastiest piadina around located in a quaint little piazza with views of the surrounding snow-capped Alps in Lecco

 

FUN– Enjoying an aperitivo the Italian way with a spritz (the quintessential Northern Italian cocktail) at Terrazza Aperol bar adjacent to the Duomo in Milano. The aperol spritz is a riff on the original spritz created in Venice of just white wine and soda water. The vibrant color and slight bitterness of the aperol makes this the perfect not sweet and not too bitter or strong drink of choice for aperitivos in Italy.

To enjoy your own colorful happy hour drink at home:

Mix: 3 parts Prosecco

2 parts Aperol

1 part soda

Pour over ice and garnish with an orange slice

Cheers!

 

FAMILY FESTIVITIES – Birthdays in Italy are much tastier! Cheers to prosecco and a torta di mela (apple pie) and to Alessandro

FIND- Brought back two checked luggage full of Italian wine including my favorite prosecco, grappa, olive oil, pasta, Parmigiano Reggiano, homemade Calabrian chili oil (Thank you Melania & family), and many more goodies. With two full trunks we only lost 1 bottle of Aperol Spritz.

 

Wine, Food and Music

Are you into wine (the good wine I’m talking about), food and music?
Then this event is just for you!

When?
From Friday April 28th to Friday September 29th every last Friday of the month.
Events start at 6pm and end at 9pm. Food and music available 6:30pm to 8:30pm.

Who?
Strey Cellars and Magnavino; both excellent winemakers in Oxnard CA, will join their effort to entertain you with a food  truck located between their tasting rooms, two bands and obviously good wine.

<<I Live Italian knows personally the Strey Cellars owners and every wine out of their list is fabulous, many thanks to Katie and Scott for having informed of this event, will be there!>>

What (is boiling in the pot)?
Every event will be characterized by a different food theme. All of them indicated into the flyer.

Where?
Everything will happen in the space between the two tasting rooms located at 951 and 961 North Rice Ave, Oxnard, CA 93030.

 

Looking forward to seeing some of I Live Italian’s followers and friends with a nice glass of wine in a hand!!

And as usual, comment and let us know yours about it!

Just like down the street in Italy

It’s always a joy and a surprise when we have the chance to breath a little of Italy around here.

While driving along the 101 north on our little road trip, happened to divert from the freeway and stop by a little caffe in Santa Barbara known by Meghan. The plan was just to get a coffee, a real espresso in this petit business almost invisible and quietly merged into the little little strip of 6-8 other shops and I have to say that if you don’t know it you don’t see it.

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A Breakfast date.. in one of the best cafe in Ventura

So long after our last post… work trips and training away form California, for me, kept me busy enough not to put together enough ideas to write a post. I honestly apologize with all our followers for idling for so long but we have some news coming.

Anyway.. yesterday I flew in LAX after almost 20 days away from home and, after a really intense and restorative sleep, this morning I had the pleasure to meet with Meghan and enjoy a nice breakfast in the place we had, long time back, our first “morning date”.
If will ever happen to be around Ventura CA in the morning , You have to stop at Eggs ‘n’ Things! Continue reading “A Breakfast date.. in one of the best cafe in Ventura”

Tiramisù

Invited last minute to a neighborhood dinner we had to solve the usual dilemma… what should we bring?

Some ideas were: wine? appetizers? or dessert?
Dessert: a cake? a pie? ice cream?
And finally the answer: we’ll do it our self!

The ultimate choice ended up to be a Tiramisù: quick, easy and definitely of high effect. Continue reading “Tiramisù”

Spaghetti Ubriachi or … Drunk Spaghetti

I Live Italian this time wants to bring you an eccentric dish, some kind of spaghetti preparation which will lead your friend to say: “what??” and trust me I’ve heard it different times.

If you want to surprise your dinner invitees why don’t attempt to prepare something different?

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NOLA…The land of sinners and saints

It’s always nice to get a long and decent layover (two night’s stay if you’re lucky) while you’re working or flying for a living in my case. It’s even better when it happens to be in the festive city of New Orleans and you get the chance to bring someone along for the fun!

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Southern Style Fried Chicken

Day three of four and this round flight schedule took me to Little Rock, Arkansas.

My first overnight here and a dilemma to solve: where to go for lunch tomorrow?
After a little research the top star of the restaurants close by is Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken. Continue reading “Southern Style Fried Chicken”

Paradise found…. in Sardegna

One doesn’t just come to Sardegna, Italy for the beautiful people, brilliant shades of blue and green water surrounding the islands, wild rock formations or the rich history, but for the abundance of incredible food!  Continue reading “Paradise found…. in Sardegna”

Risotto allo Zafferano

The other day on a layover in Winnipeg, Canada I found myself craving for a good and healthy Risotto allo Zafferano (or risotto giallo), a dish quite famous in my home town Milano, Italy, so as I got back last night I jumped right in to the kitchen and this is what happened. Continue reading “Risotto allo Zafferano”